Editor’s pick: Top 50 photos fall 2020

Anna von and Lucy Morantz

Queen speaks in front of protesters as a rainbow forms in the distance. Queen talked about being a Black mother and her fear for her boys because they could be shot based solely on the color of their skin. (Ryan Schmidt | The Collegian)

Dear viewers, 

Simply put, this semester has been difficult. From a new school format, social justice protests, a pandemic, wildfires and the most contentious election in modern history, our Collegian photographers were tasked with documenting it all. Not only did they meet our expectations, they exceeded them. One thing that has been significantly different for many of our photographers has been dramatically decreased access. With less event coverage and increased exposure-anxiety, the photographers have been pushed to think outside the box to create photo-driven content.  


The Collegian Photo Director Anna von Pechmann and Photo Editor Lucy Morantz could not be more proud of the work The Collegian photo desk has accomplished thus far. We would like to celebrate their achievements in these unprecedented circumstances. 

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  • Allison Hall residents Max Duncan, MJ Adam and Brenden Bobby sit and watch a football game Nov. 15. Every Sunday, they gather in the lounge to watch football and work on homework together. (Emily Seale | The Collegian)

  • Grey Sercl Williamson’s Nearly Wild explores the rooms of the greenhouse Nov. 8. “Concord Floral” will be livestreamed Dec. 4-6. (Anna Tomka | The Collegian)

  • A Joe Biden supporter stands on the steps to the Colorado State Capitol in Denver, waving an American flag and a Biden campaign flag hours after Biden was declared the president-elect Nov. 7. (Lucy Morantz | The Collegian)

  • During a pause in marching, a member of the musical group Brothers of Brass plays music for the crowd walking through the streets of downtown Denver, celebrating the election of President-elect Joe Biden Nov. 7. (Lucy Morantz | The Collegian)

  • Joe Biden supporters drive down College Avenue, honking and cheering in celebration, during the Young Democrats of Colorado State University victory caravan Nov. 8. (Connor McGrath | The Collegian)

    Collegian | Connor McGrath | The Collegian

  • New Era Colorado activist and Colorado State University 2013 alum Bryan Connolly performs on The Plaza Nov. 3. (Lucy Morantz | The Collegian)

  • A single dorm room with a Joe Biden flag and a Donald Trump flag Nov. 2. “I think having a conversation on issues will get a lot more done than saying ‘screw you,’” said Ben Morse, one of the residents. (Ryan Schmidt | The Collegian)

  • People meet with election judges in a voter service and polling center in the Lory Student Center on Nov. 3. In addition to voting, people can register as well; Colorado allows voters to register in person on Election Day. (Ryan Schmidt | The Collegian)

  • Matt Tackett and Lucy Morantz recreate a picture from the 1983 edition of “Silver Spruce” Oct. 28. (Luke Bourland | The Collegian)

  • First Director of Sustainable Livestock Systems Collaborative Kim Stackhouse-Lawson at Colorado State University’s Agricultural Research, Development and Education Center Oct. 22. “Something that inspires me every day is to give back to an industry (that) gave me so much,” Stackhouse-Lawson said. “The livestock industry just embraced me, where I came from and who I was with open arms. It’s always been what I’ve wanted to do.” (Anna Tomka | The Collegian)

  • Westfall Hall resident Ryott Trietsch in front of his residence hall after picking up a meal order from the dining hall Oct. 26. Many students living on campus have found the mask policies to be an annoyance at times. However, in the colder months, masks are helpful to keep warm when grabbing food from the dining halls. (Ciara Sackett | The Collegian)

  • Assistant Director of the Pride Resource Center Maggie Hendrickson holds up their pronoun in the Pride Resource Center on International Pronouns Day Oct. 21. (Ryan Schmidt | The Collegian)

  • A squirrel looks for food on The Oval Sept. 13. Squirrels are a common sight on the Colorado State University campus and engage in many interesting behaviors, such as stealing from other squirrels and organizing their food supply. (Ryan Schmidt | The Collegian)

  • The Cameron Peak fire burns across the ridge above Glen Haven, Colorado, Oct. 16. (Matt Tackett | The Collegian)

  • Colorado State University Korean dance club member Corinne Wilson dances at the front of the line in a filmed performance at the Campus Crossings at Ram’s Pointe tennis court Oct. 18, 2020.

    Collegian | Anna von Pechmann

  • Nikki Geib holds a stock of reishi mushrooms that are ready to harvest Oct. 16. The mushrooms turn brittle when they are ready to be harvested, and after having some time to dry, they will be ready to be ground up to be used for tinctures as holistic medicine. (Gregory James | The Collegian)

  • Dawson Pennington laughs at his brother Easton as he shows him a baby bluegill he caught at Sheldon Lake Oct 17. (Gregory James | The Collegian)

  • Former Denver Mayor and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper responds to a question asked by Kyle Clark Oct. 13. (Lucy Morantz | The Collegian)

  • The newly painted Black Lives Matter street mural leads to the entrance of the Visual Arts Building Oct. 13. Students and faculty worked together from Oct. 9-10 to paint the mural. According to the Colorado State University department of art and art history, “This outdoor exhibition space will feature rotating installations that integrate art, society and education.” (Lucy Morantz | The Collegian)

  • 16-year-old Fort Collins resident Nora Baker with her skateboard at Northside DIY – Aztlan Skatepark Oct. 9. (Lucy Morantz | The Collegian)

  • A bison moves through the snow in Yellowstone National Park in February 2018. The bison at Soapstone Prairie Natural Area are descended from bison from Yellowstone and are the results of conservation efforts between many partners, including Colorado State University and the City of Fort Collins. (Ryan Schmidt | The Collegian)

  • Manager Karen Francis restocks essential floor items at the Colorado Cherry Company store Oct. 10. Francis has been working at the 60-year-old store for 12 years. “It’s easy to sell things in here when I really, truly believe in the product, like the cherry juice, cherry preserves and cherry butter,“ Francis said. “It’s a lot of fun to work here, and everybody’s happy it’s different than a lot of other retail places.” ( Anna Tomka | The Collegian )

  • Third-year neuroscience student Cameron Pendleton studies for an exam on the third floor of the Morgan Library Sept. 29. “I like to study at the library because it’s one of the only places I actually feel somewhat safe, like I can actually spread out from people,” Pendleton said. (Cat Blouch | The Collegian)

  • Julian Oertel follows his mother back to their wagon of pumpkins at The Bartels Farm on Oct. 3. (Tri Duong | The Collegian)

  • Lucky Joe’s Sidewalk Saloon bartender Kenley Bonner pours four cocktails at once after mixing them Sept. 26. (Lucy Morantz | The Collegian)

  • Kinna Harkins and Savvy Crisler practice some roller moves at Northside DIY – Aztlan Skatepark. The two met a few weeks ago at another skate park and have been meeting up to practice together. They are both members of the FoCo Skates created by Harkin on Facebook. (Bella Johnson | The Collegian)

  • Freshmen Caden Cope and Ryan Higman practice Jeet Kune Do outside the Student Recreation Center Sept. 24, 2020. Cope, a third-generation Bruce Lee student, practices this version of martial arts to keep his “skill sharp, create agility, and form structure,” so he will be prepared for any situation in a fight. (Tri Duong | The Collegian)

  • A window reads “HELP” in Braiden Hall during quarantine Sept. 25 after wastewater testing found significant levels of COVID-19 in the residence hall. (Ryan Schmidt | The Collegian)

  • Associated Students of Colorado State University’s new Speaker of the Senate Christian Dykson speaks Sept. 16. (Skyler Pradhan | The Collegian)

  • Farmworker Hector Perez roasting peppers for his customers at the Fort Collins Farmers Market on Sept. 13. Originally from Austin, Texas, Perez moved to Watkins, Colorado, 20 years ago to expand his agricultural business. (Tri Duong | The Collegian)

  • Smoke hangs over Hoorsetooth Reservoir from the Cameron Peak fire Sept. 7. (Connor McGrath | The Collegian)

  • Smoke seen from a window in Fort Collins as the Cameron Peak fire continues to burn Sept. 7. (Pratyoosh Kashyap | The Collegian)

  • As of Sept. 2, Colorado State University led all Colorado universities in COVID-19 cases. At the time, CSU had 82 confirmed cases, according to The New York Times. The University had administered over 8,500 total tests, and according to Public Safety and Risk Communications Manager Dell Rae Ciaravola, cases were low given the number of tests. (Pratyoosh Kashyap | The Collegian)

  • Queen speaks in front of protesters as a rainbow forms in the distance. Queen talked about being a Black mother and her fear for her boys because they could be shot based solely on the color of their skin. (Ryan Schmidt | The Collegian)

  • Rangers watch and film with their phones as a motorcade of emergency service vehicles begins the memorial procession for Larimer County Department of Natural Resources Ranger, veteran and Colorado State University alumnus Brendan Unitt at the intersection of Timberline Road and Drake Road Aug. 28. Unitt drowned at Horsetooth Reservoir while on duty Aug. 20. (Anna von Pechmann | The Collegian)

    Collegian | ANNA VON PECHMANN

  • Protesters march through campus from The Oval toward the Colorado State University Police Department building Aug. 26. The protest was organized in response to a police officer shooting Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Aug. 23. (Anna von Pechmann | The Collegian)

    Collegian | ANNA VON PECHMANN

  • Protesters put their hands up during a chant as they march down West Laurel Street Aug. 26. The protest was organized in response to a police officer shooting Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Aug. 23. (Anna von Pechmann | The Collegian)

    Collegian | ANNA VON PECHMANN

  • Protesters hold up signs in front of the entrance to the Colorado State University Police Department building Aug. 26. The protest was organized in response to a police officer shooting Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Aug. 23. (Anna von Pechmann | The Collegian)

    Collegian | ANNA VON PECHMANN

  • Cars drive in and out of Poudre Canyon, where the Cameron Peak fire was spreading, next to a sign that says “Fire Ban: No campfires, no fireworks, no open flames, no smoking outdoors” Aug. 23. (Anna von Pechmann | The Collegian)

    Collegian | ANNA VON PECHMANN

  • Smoke around Canvas Stadium Aug. 23. (Devin Cornelius | The Collegian)

  • Senior Maiya Hannon disinfects a table in a testing tent outside of Aggie Village Aug 20. Students working the tent noted that most people they interacted with wore masks and were good about social distancing but voiced concerns about how off-campus behavior could affect the semester. (Ryan Schmidt | The Collegian)

  • While listening to a speaker, two protesters hug each other in front of The White House June 7. (Lucy Morantz | The Collegian)

  • After an altercation between groups of protesters broke out, one of the protesters explains the situation to a police officer who arrived on the scene. (Lucy Morantz | The Collegian)

  • A person looks at the fence blocking protesters from The White House, which was decorated with posters and artwork, June 7. (Anna von Pechmann | The Collegian)

  • Protesters march up Larimer Street toward Civic Center Park in Denver June 4. (Skyler Pradhan | The Collegian)

  • A protester holds up a Black Power fist with a Love Life bracelet on during a protest near City Hall June 2. (Devin Cornelius | The Collegian)

    Collegian | Devin Cornelius

  • A woman holds up a sign as she listens to speakers among a crowd in the Connie Morella Library parking lot in downtown Bethesda, Maryland, June 2. Protesters wear masks to reduce the spread of COVID-19. (Anna von Pechmann | The Collegian)

  • After running out of the larger group of protestors who were pepper sprayed, a man is helped by unofficial first aid responders, who flushed his eyes with a baking soda solution. (Lucy Morantz | The Collegian)

  • After walking up to the line of police officers, a protester stands inches away from the officers while holding a sign that reads, “Am I next?” (Lucy Morantz | The Collegian)

  • People burn a car in the Target parking lot at Lake Street and Minnehaha Avenue in Minneapolis May 28. (Ben Leonard | The Collegian)

    Collegian | Ben Leonard | The Collegian

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Anna von Pechmann and Lucy Morantz can be reached at photo@collegian.com or on Instagram @101avp and @l.m.visuals